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What motivated you to start violin?
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GregW
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ok..I was thinking highland pipes uilliean pipes..

welcome to the Navy...haha..was that a recruitment video?

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I guess it was indeed meant to tempt twenty-somethings into taking the Queen's shilling. They also run  YT channel called "Two Six TV".

It can be confusing to an 'outsider'. A call is the instrument, a pipe is the tune played and / or the accompanying verbal order.

The "Call the hands" pipe in the video (also known as "Lash up and stow" was pretty poorly performed. Here's a Sea Cadet piping team doing a proper job; the "Lash up and stow" is at 3:25 -

Sea Cadets piping in competition

Disclosure: I instructed and judged Sea Cadet piping teams and individuals in a previous life.

Peter

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Interesting Peter. You all have interesting journeys.

I play several other instruments including bouzouki which brought me to Irish sessions. It was in these session that I found myself just loving the fiddles and what they could do. Before too long I had a violin, then two violins, then three. Still couldn't play one though. I kept at it until I could sort of play. Never in a milliopn years had I considered classical music until it was required in my lessons. I have begun to develop a love for it now. At least some of it.

Anyways here is a short video of me playing in such a session. I enjoy it but haven't had the time to do it lately. This video is probably at least a month old.

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Tim that was really good.  enjoyable to listen to!  Youre sounding great.  Like the feel you guys have going there.

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starise

I concur with GregW sounds good.

Thanks for posting.

Mark

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I was in the 4th grade. Wonder Woman was popular. The Orchestra teacher looked like Wonder Woman. 

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Scrap lol. I liked Wonder Woman. I wonder where that woman is now?

Thanks Mark and GregW.

In looking at that video I must say. Don't do what I was doing. If my teacher had been there, she would have said

-Move the violin more up on your shoulder.

- Thumb and hand is in the wrong place entirely

-Fingers are coming too high off the fingerboard

None of that matters in a session and for some reason I revert to stupid...the empty beer glasses are not mine BTW 🙂 I won't say I wasn't tempted because I like a cold one, but beginner violin and beer don't mix very well for me.

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Scrap said
I was in the 4th grade. Wonder Woman was popular. The Orchestra teacher looked like Wonder Woman.   

Sounds like someone had a crush on their Wonder Woman orchestra teacher. 😁

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said

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I was in the 4th grade. Wonder Woman was popular. The Orchestra teacher looked like Wonder Woman.   

Sounds like someone had a crush on their Wonder Woman orchestra teacher. 😁

  

I played until I moved after the ninth grade, I absolutely did. I prefer original Wonder Woman if anyone is asking. Not a huge fan of the new one. Lynda Carter.....

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For me it was Vampirella. I don't think she played violin. That didn't matter.

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Going through Bach in sixth grade music when the music teacher brought her violin with her and played it. Fell in love with violin immediately. Had to switch schools after sixth grade, no more music classes. My mom got me a violin when I was 13, was supposed to start lessons, but my dad wasn't too happy about it as far as cost was concerned, and there were a few other issues so I never got started. Until a few years ago that is (still no lessons though).

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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@starise  you're sounding great! Love it.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks AnnyJ from one Georgian to another 🙂

....I didn't originally fancy putting up the vid but I was attempting to describe a session and I figured lots of people might not know what that is. A picture is worth 1000 words.....so. 

It is interesting to hear all of the ways people have gotten an interest to learn to play. It's like when the violin bug bites that interest generally stays with a person.

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That is just SO MUCH FUN Tim @starise - great times, thanks for sharing the vid !

Well cool !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Thanks BillyG!

Good to see you're still around these parts.

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